Olympics, Vollmer sets WR in 100 butterfly
Fabio Terrone
American Dana Vollmer set a world record in the women's 100 metres butterfly winning gold at the Olympic Games in London

LONDON - American swimmer Dana Vollmer set a world record in the 100 metres butterfly on Sunday, clocking 55.98 seconds at the Olympic Games in London.

The 25-year-old Vollmer shaved 0.08 seconds off the old mark set by Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden  in 2009.

World record evolution (Time, Name/Nationality, Place, Date):
55.98 Dana Vollmer USA London 29.07.12
56.06 Sarah Sjostrom SWE Rome 27.07.09
56.44 Sarah Sjostrom SWE Rome 26.07.09
56.61 Inge de Bruijn NED Sydney 17.09.00
56.64 Inge de Bruijn NED Federal Way 22.07.00
56.69 Inge de Bruijn NED Sheffield 27.05.00
57.88 Jenny Thompson USA Sydney 23.08.99
57.93 Mary T. Meagher USA Brown Deer 16.08.81
59.26 Mary T. Meagher USA Austin 11.04.80
59.46 Andrea Pollak GDR East Berlin 03.07.78
59.78 Christiane Knacke GDR East Berlin 28.08.77
1:00.13 Kornelia Ender GDR East Berlin 04.06.76